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Bombing Clues Point To Islamist Terrorists

But Officials Say It’s Too Soon to Know. U.S. officials cited circumstantial evidence yesterday that Islamist terrorists may have been behind the bombings in Madrid, but cautioned it is too early to tell whether al Qaeda or one of its affiliates was responsible. The attacks, in which 10 bombs exploded in trains and stations along a commuter line in Spain’s capital city, bore several hallmarks of Osama bin Laden’s network or its allies, including the synchronized nature of the explosions and the clear targeting of civilians, counterterrorism officials said. Spanish officials, who initially placed blame for the bombings on the Basque separatist group ETA, said later in the day that new lines of investigation were opened after police discovered a van with detonators and an audiotape of verses from the Koran. The vehicle was parked near a station where three of the targeted commuter trains had originated. Full Story

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